Handle with care – Acetylene cylinder safety


Although a highly versatile and functional gas, acetylene also has hazardous potential. Understanding such hazards as cylinders in fires is essential.

As we recently provided a gas profile of acetylene, it’s perhaps important to explore the safety aspects of handling, using and storing this potentially hazardous and disruptive gas.

When handled and stored correctly, acetylene is both safe and an invaluable commodity for industry. As a highly flexible gas, acetylene finds application in a wide range of industries and processes, though it is perhaps most renowned for its almost irreplaceable use in metal cutting and welding technologies.

While other such technologies may exist, acetylene is thought to be the preferred option due to quicker operation and the high flame temperature which oxy-acetylene provides. Such versatility and effective use counts for little however, if not handled and used safely.

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